Chicago is an incredible city. On Day 2 of our blissful weekend away, we took one of those “hop on hop off” tours where you can take an open-top bus around the city and get on and off wherever you like. The buses seemed to run really frequently, so we never had to wait. We started off my traveling north up Lakeshore Drive along Lake Michigan. I was very surprised by how clean and not-smelly the water was.
Our first stop was Navy Pier, which we thankfully hit pretty early. When we drove by later in the day it looked like a mob scene. Anyway, it’s a long pier that the navy used during WWII to train pilots to land on aircraft carriers. Now, it’s a long amusement park. We walked down the length and enjoyed the fantastic views, and then rode the 15 story ferris wheel. It’s huge, and it’s SLOW. We had plenty of time for pictures.This is how high up we were:
Back aboard the bus, we next went to the John Hancock Building. It’s the fourth tallest building (I think). Well, I’m sure it’s not the tallest (that’s the Sears Tower, which they now call the Willis Tower, which just seems wrong). Anyway, the view seemed like it would be better from the John Hancock, so we went up to the Observation Deck on the 94th floor. Spooky. Here’s the view of the skyline:
And looking north up the lake:
All those little dots are beach umbrellas!!
Chicago also has some fabulous architecture. I think next time we’re there we’ll take an architecture tour. This was my favorite building, and the only one designed by a female architect. The closer we got, the more amazing it became:
We ate a lot of good food, including stuffed pizza at Giordano’s, traditional Chicago hot dogs at Portillo’s, and the best steak I’ve ever had at Gibson’s Steakhouse. We also took in some live music. We made it to a jazz bar and a blues bar. Can you believe we did all of that in one day??
Monday morning we spent walking around Grant Park and visiting with my friend Jane who is lucky enough to live in this beautiful city. We were sad to say goodbye, and wished we had a few more days to explore, but we were also looking forward to home and the kids. Going away is nice, but it always seems that coming home is better.